THE Lusaka High Court has dissolved the marriage between Mary Chirwa, the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) director general, and husband Kudakwashe Tshuma. The court has granted Chirwa’s petition to dissolve her marriage with Tshuma, a pastor of Beam of Hope International Ministries through a decree nisi. In May 2018, the FIC boss had asked the court to end their union of one year because her husband’s conduct was undesirable and she could no longer live with him.
According to an affidavit for divorce filed last year, Chirwa accused her husband of being in a habit of threatening to commit suicide. The petitioner contended that at some point, Pastor Tshuma attempted to drink ‘Omo’ bleach and also tried to drown himself in a swimming pool at their house. She stated that his suicidal threats caused her anguish and mental distress on account that her previous husband had taken his life. The FIC boss had accused her husband of adultery and that when confronted, he threatened to kill himself. Chirwa also stated that her husband was so confrontational with her children from her previous marriage, causing them to live in fear.
She further lamented that her husband has been dishonest with money. The FIC director general prayed to the court to dissolve the marriage and that each party bears own costs incidental to the proceedings. However, in June the same year, the petitioner withdrew the matter as the couple reconciled. Three months later, Chirwa petitioned her husband for divorce and reiterated the submissions of her previous application. The Lusaka High Court has since granted her divorce through a certificate of absolute decree nisi.
“It is hereby certified that the said decree was on April 15, 2019 made final and absolute and that the said marriage was thereby dissolved,” read the certificate.